|Lifetime Achievement Literary Award|
| Karel Schoeman is a distinguished Afrikaans and English novelist, histoiran and scholar. Schoeman was born on 26 October 1939 in Trompsburg in the Free State . She is the author of eighteen novels and numerous history books. In his books he evokes the Free State and celebrates this province’s natural splendour and her culturally diverse peoples.In 1999 Schoeman was one of only two living South African writers to be honoured with a Presidential Award by President Nelson Mandela upon his retirement as the country’s president. His work has been translated into many languages including French, Dutch, Russian and German. He is also a renowned translator from English to Afrikaans of some of the world’s literary classics.
Schoeman’s major works include novels, Veldslag (1965), By Fakkellig (1966), n Lug vol Helder Wolke (1967), Spiraal (1968), Op ‘n Eiland (1971), Na die Geliefde Land (1972), Afrika: ‘n Roman (1977) and Hierdie Lewe (1993). His seminal biographical works include Only an Anguish to Live Here: Olive Schreiner and the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902 (1992) and Irma Stern: The Early Years, 1894-1933 (1994).
In 2006 he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Literary Award by the South African Literary Awards, a project of the wRite associates in partnership with the national Department of Arts and Culture and Sowetan.